Panasonic VariCam LT

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  • Compact Size, Light Weight and Top Cinema Quality 

    The Cinema VariCam LT features outstanding image quality that allows you to achieve your "VISION".  The advanced grading tools, in-camera dailies and proxy recording capabilities that are built into the VariCam LT are a "REVOLUTION" in streamlining workflow.

    The VariCam LT has a compact and lightweight magnesium body and offers same picture quality specifications  as the larger VariCam 35 cinema camera. The super 35mm image sensor,  which is the same imager as VariCam 35, features wide dynamic range,  an expansive color gamut, and high sensitivity for 4K image acquisition.  It has dual native ISO settings of 800 and 5000.  The native 5000 ISO allows for clean shooting in very low light situations.  Its size and design facilitate a wide array of shooting styles including comfortable ergonomic shoulder mounted operation  or use on gimbals and drones.

    One new feature that has been added to the VariCam LT is the EF lens*1 mount which offers a wide array of lens choices.  The EF mount*1 can be removed by an end user and replaced with a PL mount (optional).  This allows for even greater versatility in lens selection when shooting with the VariCam LT.

    The VariCam LT workflow is very similar to that of the VariCam 35.  Both cameras have a dual codec recording function that allows the user to record a primary or "main" codec  as well as a smaller proxy file. In addition, each camera offers an in-camera color grading function  and support for AVC-Intra 4K and Apple ProRes*2 codecs. Join the "REVOLUTION" and achieve your perfect "VISION". *1: Panasonic does not guarantee the compatibility or performance of all EF lenses. *2: ProRes is licensed from Apple Inc. Apple ProRes codec is from Atomos under license. The use of DCF Technologies is under license from Multi-Format, Inc.
  • Same Imager as VariCam 35
    The VariCam LT is equipped with the super 35mm single-chip MOS sensor developed especially for the VariCam 35. It offers 4K (4096 x 2160) and UHD (3840 x 2160) resolution, and boasts high sensitivity, low noise, wide dynamic range and cinematic depth of field. This sensor received The Hollywood Post Alliance Engineering Excellence Award 2015.

    14+ Stops of wide latitude
    The VariCam LT has a latitude of 14+ stops. This wide dynamic range assures accurate image rendering, particularly from the critical shadow to highlight areas. The 14+ stops of dynamic range generated by the super 35mm image sensor and advanced image processing, record images by using V-Log gamma.

    Dual native ISO of 800/5000
    The VariCam LT has two native ISO settings: 800 and 5000. This means the VariCam LT achieves very high sensitivity while maintaining a low noise level at 5000 ISO. The noise level at 5000 ISO is nearly identical to that seen at 800 ISO. In order to achieve this function two dedicated analog circuits are implemented on every pixel of the imager of the VariCam LT for each native ISO before gain processing. This allows the camera to achieve much higher sensitivity without increased noise. Normally noise is introduced in the gain process of rating ISO in digital cameras. This functionality is revolutionary for low light scene shooting. Especially this ISO 5000 enables the camera to capture with very low available light maintaining a realistic mood.

    Expansive color gamut
    The VariCam LT is equipped with "V-Gamut," giving it a wider color gamut than that of film. V-Gamut also encompasses the entire BT.2020 color space.

    Scene files and V-Look
    The "V-Log" gamma curve offers 14+ stops of dynamic range and facilitates advanced color grading adjustments in post production. To reduce post production steps and increase the time available for creative image production, the VariCam LT is also equipped with a 5-mode scene file function. The V-LOOK mode, in particular, maintains 14+ stops of dynamic range within the Rec 709 standards, and applies a newly designed gamma curve to create cine-like images following primary grading. Other modes include the V-709, which is ideal for viewing on standard monitors, and "BC-LOOK," which creates a look that mimics traditional TV broadcast images.

    Monitoring output terminals
    The VariCam LT provides down conversion to Full HD via two 3G-SDI outputs and one VF output (BNC) while shooting in 4K. Your look with in-camera color grading and information overlay can be applied to each output.

  • Technical Specifications:

    Power DC 12 V (11.0 V – 17.0 V)
    Power Consumption 47 W, with body only
    77 W, with all optional accessories connected and maximum power supplied from each output terminal
    Operating Temperature 0 °C to 40 °C  (32 °F to 104 °F)
    Operating Humidity 10% to 85% (relative humidity)
    Storage Temperature –20 °C to 60 °C  (–4 °F to 140 °F)
    Weight Approx. 2.7 kg (6.0 lb), excluding handle and accessories
    Approx. 3.0 kg  (6.6 lb), including handle, excluding accessories
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 184.0 mm x 230.5 mm x 247.0 mm
    (7-1/4 inches x 9-3/32 inches x 9-3/4 inches)
    Body only, excluding protrusion and accessories
    Ensure that the total current taken from the DC OUT terminal, LENS/GRIP terminal, DC OUT/RS terminal and USB HOST terminal does not exceed 30 W.


    Camera Unit

    Pickup Device Super 35 mm, MOS sensor
    Number of Pixels Total pixels: Approx.10.3 million pixels,
    Effective pixels: Approx. 8.9 million pixels
    Lens Mount EF mount
    Optical Filter ND filter:
    1: CLEAR, 2: 0.6 ND, 3: 1.2 ND, 4: 1.8 ND
    Gain setting Native ISO: 800, 5000
    800 Base: 200 to 4000
    5000 Base: 1250 to 12800
    [ISO] mode: ISO 200  to ISO 12800
    [dB] mode: –12 dB to 14 dB (2 dB step)
    Shutter Speed [deg] mode: 1.0 deg to 358 deg (0.1 deg step)
    [sec] mode: 1/24 sec. to 1/250 sec. (for 24p)
    Sensitivity [GAIN MODE]=[NORMAL], [GAMMA]=[VIDEO45]
    F7 (2000 lx, 3200k, 89.9% reflection, 1080/59.94p)
    F8 (2000 lx, 3200k, 89.9% reflection, 1080/50p)


    Memory Card Recorder

    Recording Media Main slot x 1: expressP2 card, P2 card
    Sub slot x 1: SD memory card
    Recording Resolution 4096 x 2160 (4K), 3840 x 2160 (UHD),
    2048 x 1080 (2K), 1920 x 1080 (HD)
    Recording Frame Rate 4K/UHD: Maximum 60 fps or 50 fps
    2K/HD: Maximum 240 fps or 200 fps
    System Frequency 59.94p, 50p, 29.97p, 25p, 24p, 23.98p, 59.94i, 50i
    Recording Format
            (Main Recorder)
    AVC-Intra4K422, AVC-Intra4K-LT,  AVC-Intra2K444, AVC-Intra2K422,
    AVC-Intra2K-LT, AVC-Intra444,AVC-Intra422, AVC-Intra-LT, AVC-Intra100,
    ProRes 422 HQ, ProRes 4444
    Recording Format (Sub Recorder) AVC-LongG6Recording
    Video Signal 4096 x 2160/59.94p, 50p, 29.97p, 25p, 24p, 23.98p
    3840 x 2160/59.94p, 50p, 29.97p, 25p, 23.98p
    2048 x 1080/59.94p, 50p, 29.97p, 25p, 24p, 23.98p
    1920 x 1080/59.94p, 50p, 29.97p, 25p, 23.98p, 59.94i, 50i
    Recording Time*1
            (Main Codec)
    When using expressP2 card 512 GB and when [FREQUENCY]= [23.98p]
    AVC-Intra4K422, 23.98 fps: Approx. 180 min.
    AVC-Intra4K422, VFR ON, 30 fps: Approx. 146 min.
    AVC-Intra4K-LT, VFR ON, 60 fps: Approx. 128 min.
    AVC-Intra422, VFR ON, 60 fps: Approx. 260 min.
    ProRes 422 HQ VFR
    Recording Time*1
            (Sub Codec)
    AVC-LongG6:  Approx. 655 min.

    Digital Video

    Quantizing AVC-Intra2K444, AVC-Intra444: 12 bit
    Others: 10 bit
    Video Compression Format AVC-Intra4K422, AVC-Intra4K-LT, AVC-Intra2K444, AVC-Intra2K422 
    AVC-Intra2K-LT, AVC-Intra444, AVC-Intra422, AVC-Intra-LT 
    AVC-Intra100: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 Intra Profile ProRes 422 HQ
    ProRes 4444: Apple ProRes*2

    Digital Audio

    Recording Audio Signal 48 kHz/24 bit, 4 ch
    Headroom 18 dB/20 dB switchable menu

    AVC Proxy

    File Format MOV
    Video Compression Format MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 High Profile
    Audio Compression Format AAC
    Recording Time*3 Approx. 655 min.
    When using a 64 GB SDXC memory card

    Video Input/Output

    SDI OUT1/ SDI OUT2 HD (1.5 G)/3G-SDI, 0.8 V[p-p], 75 Ω
    VF SDI HD (1.5 G)/3G-SDI, 0.8 V[p-p], 75 Ω

    Audio Input/Output

    INPUT 1/2 XLR x 1, 5-pin
    INPUT 3/ INPUT 4 XLR x 2, 3-pin, Supports menu switching to select LINE/MIC or enable/disable the power supply of the microphone.
    PHONES Stereo mini jack
    Speaker 20 mm diameter, round x 1

    Other Input/Output

    GENLOCK IN HD (1.5 G) /3G-SDI, 0.8 V[p-p], 75 Ω
    TC IN/OUT BNC x 1, Input/Output switching
    Input: 0.5 V [p-p] to 8 V [p-p], 10 kΩ
    Output: 2.0 V [p-p] ± 0.5 V[p-p], low impedance
    DC IN XLR x 1, 4-pin, DC 12 V (DC 11.0 V – 17.0 V)
    DC OUT/RS 4-pin, DC 12 V (DC 11.0 V – 17.0 V), maximum output current 1.0 A
    DC OUT 2-pin, DC12 V (DC 11.0 V – 17.0 V), maximum output current 1.0 A
    LENS/GRIP 12-pin
    USB DEVICE USB2.0 devices : Type B connector, 4-pin
    USB HOST USB2.0 host : Type A connector, 4-pin
    CONTROL PANEL 20-pin, control panel contact terminals
    EF Mounting Contact 8-pin